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community has been quick to condemn syrian president bashar al assad's plan for peace in war-torn countries. the first speech called "beyond hypocritical." addressing supporters, described the opposition as terrorists and slaves of foreign power. he went on to support the national dialogue to end the 21-no conflict. assad these talks could create a national charter on syria's future, which he put to a referendum. while the opposition dismissed the proposals saying they're aimed at wrecking current diplomatic efforts. we frort amman's neighboring jordan. in an opera house in central damascus, packed with cheering supporters, the syrian president gave his first speech since june last year. he did not reveal any breakthrough to end the conflict but said every syrian had an ethical duty to fight rebels he linked with al qaeda. >> they are terrorists who follow al qaeda's philosophy. they call themselves jihaddist. they come from across the world and are leading terror operations on the ground. after they fail to achieve anything, they have been relegated to the back lines and all they do is kid
's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his government will not negotiate until regional countries stop funding rebel fighters. >> he still thinks that much of the opposition is fundamentally illegitimate. he blames them for the violence. he is trying to remind his foreign sponsors in places like iran and russia that he still is interested in a fight. >> repor
there was a surprise nationwide address by the dictator bashar al-assad andddres what he had to say was a cause for worry. it was his first speech in six months and assad said he won't step down and he won't negotiate with the rebels. the civil war there has spilled over syria's borders from time to time so now u.s. soldiers have landed in turkey to man patriot missiles on the border. holly williams is ourrder. correspondent in turkey reporting from istanbul tonight. holly, why do the turks wanty, these patriot missile batteries?es >> reporter: well, scott, turkey asked its nato allies-- including the united states-- toes-- provide patriot missiles because of fears that syria might use chemical weapons.e the turkish are nervous firstly because they have openly backedr the rebels in syria's civil war and secondly because they share a 600 mile long border with syria and we've already seen fighting spilling across that border. these six missile batteries are aimed at detering a much bigger inversion, they're capable of intercepting missiles and aircraft and they would be usedd they to defend turk
: a rare public appearance of assad addressing torn nation. for first time in six months. leland vitter has more. >> this speech is a combination of the same old, same old, all the rebels are terrorists. we're going to continue to fight and win this war, but it also provided a little bit of diplomatic cover not only for the syrians but also for their allies so the russians can now say, look, assad offered a peace plan and rebels won't talk. they would call it optics and they are important here. assad trying to get control live on state tv. a reminder that a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite offers for negotiation he was clear he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. to the past 20 ms. he says the rebels, we are seeing a growing number of fighters from foreign countries and much more turning syria into a islamic state. rebels say they aren't interested while assad is power. assad has shown he has well more than nine lives of a cat. last summer the state department said they thought damascus would fall within 36 hours. clearly ass
to the asad -- assad regime, and trying to insist the planes land for inspection. they have just done two inspections, and one plane was empty from damascus. it's a good question, and i think the answer is a complicated one, but i would say two things, in any country that is a newly emerging country, there is a sense of nationalism that you have to contend with which is legitimate. they have air own government and leaders. you can't dictate to them what to do, and there are a lot of states in the region that have their -- trying to meddle in iraq, the iranians big time, turkey, gulf states, trying to exert influence inside iraq, but, also, a big part of the answer is, really, what's happened to the united states? the american government is conflicted on iraq. the obama administration, itself, was ambivalent about whether to keep forces in iraq beyond 2011 or not, and, in fact, president obama campaigned on the ten in a minute that he had extra kateed forces from iraq completely, planned to, the military hoped to keep 5,000 to 15,000 there, including to fight al-qaeda, so, you know, when t
and describe a national reconciliation conference and a new syrian constitution. guest: president assad has adopted a bellicose reaction to the rebellion. it is not an all-out civil war. throughout this conflict, he has adopted this tone that these people are terrorists and criminals. 60,000 syrians have been killed in the civil war. he is going to come middle ground to the rebels who think they are winning at this point. host: cure associated press is pointing out this is his first speech since last june theory his opponents are -- the associated press is pointing out that this is his first speech since last june. guest: the rebels are winning this conflict. the question is how long will it go on and how many syrians have to die before the assad regime toppled or some deal is reached to send him into exile. there is no deal that leaves him sharing any power. host: if he goes into exile, which country will take him? guest: russia has been his biggest backer. it comes immediately to mind as someone who would want to take someone responsible for the death of 60,000. host: during the conflict,
own people to give a rare public address. his first speech since june and is assad promised to keep fighting the rebels whom he described as terrorists and religious extremists and murderous criminals and activities say the speech did not do anything to stop the fighting. the united nations reports the syrian civil war has led to the deaths of more than 60,000 people since march of 2011. jonathan hunt is with us. u.s. officials very critical of bashir al-assad's speech. >> a broken record is exactly what he resembles right now. in his speech that the u.s. officials and others believe is meaningless dialogue and criticizing the rebels as criminals and terrorists. despite the fact that the u.n. now reports 60,000 syrians have died in the ongoing civil war are there' peers to be no change in -- there appears to be no change in u.s. policy. >> i don't want to get into a numbers game. it is a horrible brutal tragedy what is going on in syria but it is the assad regime that bears fundamental responsibility which speaks to the callous attitude he showed in th speech. he could silence his o
by the syrian president bashar assad his first since june. yesterday he laid out what he called a peace plan which included new constitution and a, quote: national reconciliation conference. at the same time the syrian president urged his supporters not to give up the fight against the rebel forces whom he called murderous criminals. hello mirror. the secretary general is disappointed bashar assad has no plan at all to i understand the suffering of syria's men women and children. the civil war has killed more than 60,000 people since it broke out nearly two years ago. the chief fox report correspondent jonathan hunt is with us. jonathan, some the rhetoric from assad just astounding and some response from the united states. >> yeah. the same thing we have heard again and again it appears to be groundhog day in both damascus and washington. president assad talking once again about the way he says he is committed to what he calls a national dialogue but at the same time condemning anyone who fights his regime as either a terrorist or a criminal. officials here in the u.s. condemning that kind
, this round of sanctions? we're going to talk about that. >>> syria's president assad proposing a peace deal to end the blood did i civil war. he is out with a new proposal. why it is being rejected next. [ indistinct conversations ] [ male announcer ] when you wear dentures you may not know it, but your mouth is under attack. food particles infiltrate and bacteria proliferate. ♪ protect your mouth, with fixodent. the adhesive helps create a food seal defense for a clean mouth and kills bacteria for fresh breath. ♪ fixodent, and forget it. your soups are so awesomely delicious my husband and i can't stop eating 'em! what's...that... on your head? can curlers! tomato basil, potato with bacon... we've got a lot of empty cans. [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. jenna: welcome back. everybody one. we await the president's announcement today for two new nominees for the secretary of defense and the head of cia there are some brand new developments in the iran nuclear showdown we want to talk to you about. the u.s. is again tighting the economic news noose by releasing ne
nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the media, it should change with the times. no major rallies happened on thursday outside the head office. h
all assad -- bashar al-assad as part of it. the u.s. defense secretary says the u.s.-led coalition has reached the last chapter in its goal to ensure afghanistan can look after its own security. leon panetta has been meeting the afghan president in washington. karzai also met hillary clinton, and he is due to hold talks with barack obama. we have more from washington. >> u.s. troop levels, u.s. financial aid, and political support for the afghan central government. those are some of the key issues dominating the agenda as hamid karzai continues his visit to washington. he has already met with leon panetta to talk specifically about the u.s. forces that would be necessary after the official end of the war of the end of 2014. the question will be what kind of responsibility will the troops have and what kind of legal protection will they have to carry out their mission. one thing the u.s. is keen to improve as the afghan security forces are capable of providing for national security across the country, but there are some critics who suggest this may be optimistic talk, given one out of t
for reconciliation from assad is another day of intense fighting a few miles from assad's home base. leland vittert on reaction to assad's message. >> with blood and souls we defend you chanted supporters for his first televised speech in more than six months. we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word, he said speaking live on state tv, appearing in control. he called those fighting against him foreign terrorists. a revolution is normally a movement of the people continued into the revolution of those imported from outside to revolt against the people. despite heavy losses, still rebels fighting the arm dismissed the offer to negotiate. we fight this man bogged down on the rebel front line. the man who calls himself the president, he is the head of a terrorist gang. assad received a number of standing ovations from a crowd of hand picked supporters, especially as he offered to reform all the syrian institution except the presidency. the u.s. state department was equally unimpressed with his offer as they were of the crowd. >> you see them, renting a mob is not that difficult. >> despi
. >> i'm shannen bream in tonight for harris falkner: assad gives a rare speech to supporter and what he says from the u.s. state department. urging syrians to defend their country against the rebels who started against his regime two years ago. it's now a civil war. and 60,000 people estimated to have been killed since it began, saying in a statement. assad's speech today is yet another attempt by the regime to cling to power and does nothing to advance the syrian people's goal of a transition. leland vittert has more from the u.s. bureau. >> shannon, this speech is a combination of the same old-same old, it provided diplomatic covers not only for the syrians, but their allies, russian, not offered a peace plan and the rebels won't even talk. in u.s. politics, they would call it the optics and they're important. president assad looking in control and on state tv and speaking to adoring crowd, remind they're a large number of syrians support him especially among the upper class. despite the offers of negotiation, he has no intention of leaving and will win this civil war. in the past 20
bashar al-assad is vowing to continue his government's fight against rebel groups while ruling out talks with the armed opposition. in his first public address in six months, al-assad called syrian rebels a tool of foreign intervention. >> we are now in a state of war in every sense of the word. we are confronting a vicious, external war. this form of war is more fragmenting and more dangerous than conventional war because it does [indiscernible] it pulls us into carrying out this plan. this war targets syria using a handful of syrians and many foreigners. it is trying to use us to tear down our trees and destroy our foundation. it is with pity this is happening with the help from some our own. >> al-assad said he is open a dialogue but only with those opposition groups tolerated by his regime. his appearance came days after the u.n. reported the death toll from nearly two years of fighting in syria has reached around 60,000. in the rebel-held town of aleppo, syria residents said his fellow citizens don't trust assad. >> any normal citizen listening to his speech heard him say that he as
.s. officials dismissing bashar al-assad's statement as meaning lease to cling to power. what did president bashar al-assad say for the first time in several weeks. >> essentially the president said the same old thing we've been hearing for a longtime. i'm going to stay in power, we are at war and it's time for syrians to fight for their country. he proposed a peace plan which everyone else laughed at because they said it involved bashar al-assad staying in power, and they say it showed that bashar al-assad had lost touch with reality. this is bashar al-assad very much in control. he has a lot of supporters there in the damascus opera house there in the capitol from which he was speaking, a lot of applause there and was speaking live on state television. his detractors will say what what they will, but many people have predicted bashar al-assad's demise over the past 18 or 20 months, they say his days are over. this is a president very much in control of his capitol and much of his country, bill. bill: does that speech change anything on ground, leland. >> reporter: not rile the violence co
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assad, and then a discussion on the future of u.s. energy policy. at 11:00 p.m., "q&a" with timothy naftali, former director of the nixon presidential library. >> studentcam video and trees are now do, friday, january 18, for your chance at the ground prize -- the grand prize. for more information, go to studentcam.org. >> in a rare address to the nation, syrian president bashar al assad talked about moving forward but made no mention of stepping down. he proposed a new constitution, which he said would have new laws. he thanked russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend itself against outside forces. the last time the syrian president addressed was in 2012. this comes to was courtesy of aljazeera english. -- comes to us. >> and this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. [crowd chanting] not so long after, it was said that maybe as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives in during the course of the 21- month conflict. while our translators are standing by to bring you -- pres
. >> syria? >> yes, syria. >> thanks, jay. after theyve all seen president assad delusional speech on sunday, and today u.n. envoy brahimi actually for the first time he said that its a lost opportunity and there is no political process after this speech. so it seems that after two months, things look even worse than ever before. whats your step forward from this point? >> well, ill say a few things. the speech by bashar al-assad was, indeed, evidence of how delusional he is. the proposal he made was nothing more than a desperate attempt to cling to power, and it would only allow the regime to continue its oppression and killing of the syrian people. the momentum in syria is with opposition forces and with the syrian people. it is clear that as defections continue -- and weve seen a number of them -- and the regime continues to lose control of territory, that assad cannot restore his control of syria. the future in syria does not and will not include bashar al-assad. he has lost all legitimacy, as we have said, and he must step aside to enable a political solution that ends the bloodshed and
today from bashar al assad, and more bloodshed throughout the country. >>> a syrian opposition group says at least 101 people were killed today nationwide. 28 died in de mass cass and the suburbs, 22 in aleppo. as the bombs were falling and the bullets flying, the syrian president lashed out at rebels during his first public speech in seven months. assad was affectionately mobbed by a crowd of adorning supporters in the capital. he told his people and the world that syria is not undergoing the revolution and as long as terrorists are in the country they will not stand down. >> translator: this is a conflict between authority at power or between the enemies of the homeland. this is a conflict those who wanted to take revenge against the people to fragment syria. those are the enemies of the people. and the enemies of god. and the enemies of god will go to hell. >> assad also laid out a plan to end the war starting with foreign can'ts ending their support for what he calls terrorists. his speech drew immediate condemnation from leaders notice u.s. and britain. >>> the dangers in syria
president assad to step down as a precondition for talks. very little is changing with the diplomatic efforts. the united states and europe press for ah assad to step down. russia backs assad as the violence continues in syria, uma. >> coming up on america's news headquarters. starting this spring our troops will have a different mission. >> president obama discusses that mission in the weekly address this one day after meeting with afghan president karzai. stay with us. stouffer's is proud to make america's favorite lasagna... with hand-layered pasta, tomatoes, and real mozzarella cheese. but what makes us even prouder... is what our real dinners can do for your family. stouffer's. let's fix dinner. if we took the already great sentra apart and completely reimagined it? ...with best-in-class combined mpg... and more interior room than corolla and civic? ...and a technology suite with bluetooth, navigation and other handy stuff? yeah, that would be cool. introducing the all-new nissan sentra. it's our most innovative sentra ever. nissan. innovation that excites. now get a $169-per-mon
. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare public speech. assad said he's standing firm against global calls for him to step down. he laid out his own plan for dealing with syria's civil war. a u.s. state department spokeswoman says assad's plan is detached from reality and assad should resign immediately. >>> pakistani intelligence officials say a suspected u.s. drone strike killed 17 people today. today's attack follows two suspected u.s. drone strikes last week that killed 15 people, including a taliban commander with ties to the pakistani military. demonstrators protested against drone strikes thursday and burned a u.s. flag. >>> well, the man accused in one of the country's worst mass murders goes to court tomorrow. a judge will decide whether there's enough evidence for 25-year-old james holmes to stand trial. he faces more than 150 counts, including first-degree murder and attempted murder in the aurora, colorado, movie theater shooting last july. 12 people were
:00 on c-span's q&a. >> in a rare address to the nation, the syrian president bashar al-assad. he proposed a new constitution that he said would include new laws for the party's and local administration. he think russia and china for their support of syria and stressed that his country would defend themselves from outside forces. the last time he addressed the nation was in june 2012. coverage comes to us courtesy of al-ajzeera english. -- al- jazeera english. >> this is the first time since november that the president has given a public address in his own country. official figures in united nations said as many as 60,000 people have lost their lives during the course of the 21 month conflict. [chanting] our translator is standing by [applause] -- by. [applause] president bashar al-assad, live from the syrian capital. >> ladies and gentlemen, today i look at your faces and the faces of the people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria. i'd look at the hands of the elderly today, pain and suffering is spread all over syria. safety and security are a
. troops that are level to assad have captured most of the strategic suburb in the capital of damascus. since the uprising in syria begin two years ago, united nations says 60,000 people have been killed. this year the u.n. envoy dealing with syria predicts the total to hit 100,000. as all this violence rages more than 50 countries or calling on the security council to bring in the international criminal court. corner powell is live with the latest. >> reporter: a letter will be handed over to the u.n. security council referring syria to the international criminal court. with this move it opens up syrian leaders for prosecution for war crimes. as the diplomatic move is occurring the violence in syria is also still maintaining the same type of brutal pace we've seen over the course of the last two-year. syrian rebels say they have captured a base in the north. assad regime has used air power to bomb civilians across syria. rebels rocket launchers and tanks and with the capture of this air base they will be able to limit the number of air strikes that syrian jets are able to launch in no
blaming outside forces including al qaeda for the violence. bashar al assad dismissing any prospect of meeting with the rebel leaders. was anyone at all surprised that president assad ignored the scope and the root causes, if you will, of the uprising there? >> reporter: not entirely. we haven't seen a lot of bashar al assad in recent months. this was a big speech. he presented it in damascus in a crowded auditorium. he spoke for nearly an hour and really at the end of the speech probably isn't going to change much. he called -- we heard familiar refrains. he called the opposition terrorists and accused them of being made up mostly of al qaeda and made little mention of syrians taking arms against his government and countries in the region are funding and arming the opposition and says he won't negotiate until they stop funding them and went on to propose a new political initiative which would include eventually a new government, new constitution, national reconciliation but said that won't happen until the weapons are put down and these quote/unquote terrorists are no longer funded
for the times. >> you think he'll get the nomination? >> he was in favor of bashar al assad. >> do you think it will pass? >> he was not in favor. that's not fair to say. because he was willing to support negotiations just like stalin and mao doesn't mean he was for him. >> "vogue" magazine was for him and his wife. >> "vogue" magazine is not making foreign policy decisions in the u.s. senate. >> thank goodness. do you think he'll pass? >> i think it's premature to decide. we have to have the confirmation hearings. >> we're already finding a lot of the large right-wing pro-israel organizations, they're not going to fight that aggressively. >>> tonight, a clearer picture just how bad the flu season is turning out to be and could get much worse. if you haven't had your flu shot like i haven't, you might want to listen to this. chief medical correspondent dr. sanjay gupta joins me ahead. >>> flu season is hitting early and hitting hard. government health officials say the number of people seeking treatment for flu has spiked over the month. 41 states are now reporting widespread cases. 18 kids
grandchildren. his future grandchildren. >>> welcome back. syrian president bashir al assad has rejected international calls to step down. he says he'll continue his fight against rebel forces. he also prosed what he called a new peace plan that the u.s. state department said was detached from reality. >>> in a new interview britain's prince charles discussed the responsibility he feels as his son prince william and his wife kate prepare to make him a grandfather. take a listen. >> i don't want to be confronted by my future grandchildren. so clearly now there's a grandchild it makes it even more obvious, you know, to try and make sure we have them, leave them something that's not a poison chalice. >> prince charles also said he worries every night about his son prince harry who is fighting with british troops in afghanistan. >>> this is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. mountain vesuvius. nasa released this image showing just how close the active volcano is to more than 3 million people in the city of naples close by. in australia a stray kangaroo led officers on a wild c
economic turmoil. this is the first time president assad has offered a comprehensive plan to end the conflict in syria. the crowds chanted "we will defend you" as he entered. adjusted a conference of reconciliation -- he suggested a conference of reconciliation and a new constitution. >> this is what is going to preserve syria in the future and its politics and economics. in order to agree on new laws to protect and run the parties. we will have a referendum. thirdly, we have an expanded government which carries out the national charter. fourthly, we will put it to the people in the conference of dialogue to agree to the laws, including a loss for election. anything to do with the constitution and law, people can say in the conference of dialogue if the government can carry out whatever is agreed on. a new government to be set up in accordance with the constitution. also, we have a general congress to have reconciliation and give amnesty to everyone in prison and preserve the civil rights. thirdly, to work to reestablish the infrastructure and compensate people who have suffered
. assad speaking out, as defiant as ever, is the international community doing the right thing, stepping back and letting the civil war play out. or should countries like the united states be more actively involved. >> it is very hard for you us. but we ever watching and it's horrible there. i think the u.s. and the europe, must stop the bloodshed in sirria. we are watching what will happen with the weapons that assad is holding, whether it will go to hezbollah or al qaeda. we are watching it very carefully. but i think something must be done by the u.s. and the international community. >> one more question for you. israel seems as always the center of hostility. i am wondering, we have 30 seconds left, is that the way it will always be? >> i beg to argue with you, it's a beautiful place -- >> it's a beautiful place. i have been there. i love israel. it is one of the most special places on the planet. but will it always be the center of controversy? >> we are in the front line. we happen to have a tough neighborhood. because we are in the front line, they are going against us. but if you
are in the middle of winter. no blankets. it is a very grim picture for people. >> bashar al assad still in power, not going to step down. russia the key player there. that is just one outside influence. we have the united states and the u.k. wanting him to step aside. you have things happening to the south and to the coast. what sort of environment are we looking at in terms of what assad might do next? >> it is extremely chaotic and unpredictable. because of the internationalization, much has been said this is part of war. with the money coming into it and the weapons, money from the gulf country to the rebels. it is a regional conflict. the fighting is taking place and has regional complications. >> chemical weapons. i believe his statement is he said earlier he is alluding to the chemical weapons and said it could involve u.s. troops saying you have to keep the possibility that if there is a peaceful transition and international organizations get involved that they might ask for assistance in that situation. so defense secretary paneta discussing troops and the weapons. >> for u.s. and israel
nominees. >>> and bashar al assad said that the enemies of his regime are going to hell. jenna shared her recipe with sharon, who emailed it to emily, who sent it to cindy, who wondered why her soup wasn't quite the same. the recipe's not the recipe... ohhh. [ female announcer ] ...without swanson. the broth cooks trust most when making soup. mmmm! [ female announcer ] the secret is swanson. >>> both his friends and enemies are troubled by president bashar al assad's latest show of defiance. speaking before a crowd of cheering supporters, the embattled leader delivered his first public address in six months, laying out terms for a peace plan that, of course, keeps himself in power. he ruled out any talks of the opposition, calling them enemies of god who will go to hell. those are his words. hala gorani is joining us to tell us about this. this was in damascus, the opera house. very deliberate here. >> it makes him look statesman like, and the carefully picked crowd, of course. kind of laughably, that ended up mobbing him at the end of his one-hour speech, we saw, as broadcast by syrian t
and missiles. and defiant new remarks by al assad are dashing hopes the fighting will end anytime soon. cnn's nick payton walsh is in beirut. >> reporter: france today echoed western condemnation of assad's speech on sunday. saying he was in denial of reality and, quote, not fooling anyone. i think what we can really take away from his very defiant tone in front of loyal crowds in a theater in damascus is really the end of all efforts for a peaceful settlement by u.n. and even by moscow's diplomats. there had been such high hopes that it would result in some sort of nudge towards assad giving a political concession or finding some kind of settlement. the way ahead, many fear, is the escalation of violence as we go into the military end game here. assad clear he's simply not going to give up power. as that violence escalates, of course the concern is for the humanitarian situation. half a million refugees registered in syria's neighbors. fears that will mount by hundreds of thousands if the violence escalates. the larger fear now in the months ahead. bitter chill of winter hitting these peop
president bashar al assad in damascus, as he gave a rare personal speech to the country, his first since june. assad called for mobilization in this fight, compared rebel forces to al qaeda, and dismissed national efforts to mediate the crisis, saying syria refused to be, quote, puppets of the west. >>> west coast headlines are next with a price strike in a new health care law, which was supposed to prevent any kind of strike. >>> plus the challenges for chuck hagel's nomination as defense secretary. is he worth fighting for? >>> some head linlines making n out on the west coast. the yakima herald republic in washington state has this headline. "gop looks more divided post cliff." it's about how headlining party may not be able to negotiate the debt ceiling. >>> and the press democrat has "health care rates spike," it's about health care companies seeking big premium increases for customers even though one of the biggest objectives of the health care law was to stem the loss to consumers. >>> and the mail tribune in medford, oregon, has this headline. "despite our best efforts, folks kee
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nations. our translator is standing by to bring you president bashar al- assad, live. >> members of the government, ladies and gentlemen, today i would look at your faces and the faces of people of my country with sadness and pain. i look at the eyes of the children of syria and do not see an innocent smile on their faces. i look at the hands of the elderly and i see them praying for their children, daughters, and grandchildren. safety and security are absent in these streets. many women lost their children, many children became orphans. siblings have been divided. this pain is spread over the country. from the pain, hope is born. from difficulty, solutions come. a dark cloud would hide the sun, but it would provide rain and cleanliness that would provide goodness for the country. syria will not come out of its impulse unless it changes this into a solution that will bring the country out of its impulse but it has never witnessed in the history of this region. this is the only way we can remedy all the injuries and deep wounds that we have in syria and the only way to keep syria
after president bashar al-assad proposed an end to the conflict on sunday. in his first public speech in months, assad offered a national reconciliation conference. but at the same time, he branded the rebels "murderous criminals" that the west should not support. in washington, state department spokesperson victoria nuland dismissed the speech. >> i don't think there's anything about the speech that changes the progression of work that we're doing with the opposition. i think we have to continue to see how things develop on the ground. we have to continue to see how they develop as a force, but, as we have said, we do consider them the legitimate representatives now of the syrian people. >> sreenivasan: last week, the u.n. estimated that nearly 60,000 people have died in the syrian civil war. prosecutors in india moved forward today in the case of five men accused in the gang rape and murder of a young woman in new delhi. the suspects heard the charges against them in a preliminary hearing. then they left court with their heads covered, to be escorted back to jail. meanwhile, protest
is the situation right now in regards to syria's nuclear weapons? does assad have the intention to use those weapons? do you think the visit to the pentagon is to discuss the this topic, this issue? >> the secretary panetta and him have met on a number of occasions. i'm sure the talk of syria will come up. to your question on chemical weapons, without get together deep in intelligence i'm unaware of any information that the syrians are planning to use the chemical weapons. let me be very clear, this government would view that kind of actions a a red line. officials have been clear about that. we will continue to do so. the assad regime and it continues to perpetrate violence against its own people, it is unacceptable and it is time for the assad regime to go. but in the meantime, they have a serious responsibility to maintain security over their chemical weapons and not to use them. >> so you believe that the syrian chemical weapons are in good hands, are safe so far? >> the syrian regime has an obligation to maintain security over the syrian chemical weapons stockpiles. i have not heard of
refused to bring a $60 billion sandy bill up for a house vote. >>> syrian president bashar al assad defiant and refusing to step down. he made his first public speech dismissing any chances that he would stop the forces. he called on the west to stop funding them. >>> we're about to learn a lot more about accused aurora gunman james holmes and the evidence against him. we go live to colorado for a preview of today's hearing. that's coming up. but their shakes aren't always made for people with diabetes. that's why there's glucerna hunger smart shakes. they have carb steady, with carbs that digest slowly to help minimize blood sugar spikes. and they have six grams of sugars. with fifteen grams of protein to help manage hunger... look who's getting smart about her weight. [ male announcer ] glucerna hunger smart. a smart way to help manage hunger and diabetes. >>> welcome back to "early start," everyone. in just a few hours, james holmes, the suspect in the aurora, colorado, shooting massacre will be in a hearing. prosecutors will be presenting evidence and for the first time the publ
is inspiring, he raised his voice from deep inside syria, raised his voice against the repeated lies, by assad. he defied the dictator, insisting on using his own names in interviews, talking about the crimes the regime has committed. he has done this knowing full well that the regime that has tortured and killed so many, could simply choose to do away with him. he insisted we broadcast his name. >> when i chant, i want freedom, i can hear my voice for the first time in my life. now, how can i give up this, even if it costs me my life? >> imagine that, a grown adult hearing his voice for the first time. well, three weeks ago, syrian secret police arrested him and his brother. today, we got great news, we learned he was freed. he became seriously ill during his detention, close to death and was not given medical treatment. he is with his family tonight in syria. his brother is in custody, and zedun and his family fear for his safety. you can go to a facebook page the family set up to get the latest on his brother's condition, to find out how to try to help secure his release. a relative says th
but also undermining those efforts by saying that the removal of president assad from power cannot be a precondition to talks. this comes as rebels have taken control of a strategically government air base in northern syria. syrian military helicopters. rocket launchers and tanks. >> for months syrian jets have pounded rebel fighters and civilians from above. some of the regime air strike is crucial to the opposition. particularly as cold winter weather has limited ground operation. with the help of god, we will not stop this rebel says no matter how difficult the circumstances become. if it's cold or snowy, we will persist until we are rid of this regime. set back as syrian troops reportedly took back control of a suburb outside damascus that rebels held fighting has intensified near the capital in recent months. on monday, 15 nations will submit a letter to the u.n. security council requesting that syria be referred to the international criminal court. this move would open up syrians on both sides of the conflict to war crime prosecution. but this latest diplomatic move will do l
headlines, we have a fox news alert. syrian president assad a rare speech, first time since june he has addressed the public on the state of civil war in his country and assad is standing firm saying he will not step down, and all enemies of syria will quote, go to hell. the speech comes, and that's-- as syrian rebels are closer to the capital of damascus, 60,000 syrians have died during this two-year war. alabama teenager is behind bars in morning, arrested for plotting to blow up his high school. this is an all too familiar story. police say that the 17-year-old self-proclaimed white premises out to get a teacher and six other students and a teacher found his notebook and police found explosives in his home all set to go. >> and he could have gotten-- got out of there-- >> police say they think he learned to make the bomb from the internet. is justin bieber starting the new year off on a high note? tmz publishing picture they claim this is reportedly the singer smoking pot at a party in california. the biebs, he responded to pictures saying every day, growing and learning, trying to b
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